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Description Safety is the avoidance of injury, damage or loss and depends upon everyone taking care, which is one of Outward Bound's Core Values.

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The handling of activities with the potential to cause injuries, damage or loss generally involves two distinct processes. Risk Management considers all the steps necessary to avoid harm based on the fact that safety is no accident but the result of deliberate care. Emergency Response or Crisis Management is the planning of what needs to be done to control and limit the damage when, despite everyone’s best efforts, something still goes wrong. In both cases Preparation is The Key !


A relevant example is the threat of fire.

Risk Management in this case involves the publishing of rules with respect to smoking, the lighting of fires, storage of paints and other inflammable materials, cooking arrangements and the use of non-combustible materials in areas at risk such as kitchens, storage facilities and sleeping quarters, as well as the proper installation of electrical wiring and its protection. It also involves the enforcement of these rules and the education of those involved as to their purpose.

Emergency Response includes the availability and placement of fire extinguishers, water and sand buckets, pumps, sprinkler systems, alarm systems, emergency phone numbers, the signing of emergency exit routes, the installation of ladders, evacuation chutes, or other escape devices, the availability of First Aid supplies and training in their use, the planning for the use of alternative facilities until those that have been consumed have been repaired or replaced, and finally insurance. In this case preparation includes reviewing these measures regularly as well as conducting fire drills etc. The Outward Bound Annual Program/Safety Review should also include a check on all of the above.

Safety in The Field
Safety Policies & Procedures
Environmental Hazards
Risk Management
Case Studies
Emergency Response
Staff Manuals
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